Friday, April 13, 2012

Thom Hartmann: The increase of autism in the US is linked to high-fructose corn syrup

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Americans are screwed by the food we eat. On the heels of a report by the Center for Disease Control showing a drastic 78% increase in cases of autism in America since 2002 - a new study suggests that the food we eat might be responsible. The peer-reviewed journal, Clinical Epigenetics, links increased autism cases to the widespread use of high-fructose corn syrup in the American diet.
As the study's co-author Dr. David Wallings said, "To better address the explosion of autism, it's critical we consider how unhealthy diets interfere with the body's ability to eliminate toxic chemicals, and ultimately our risk for developing long-term health problems like autism." According to the study - consuming high fructose corn syrup can lead to the loss of zinc in the body - making it more difficult for the body to rid itself of toxic metals like mercury and arsenic that have an adverse effect on brain development in children.
Could studies like this deter major food corporations that are using high fructose corn syrup in their products to feed Americans? Probably not.
(Do you think the situation will be turned around? Tell us here.)

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